Hebden Bridge high street takes early competition lead as judges come to town

Market Street, Hebden Bridge if the Great British High Street Awards.
Market Street, Hebden Bridge if the Great British High Street Awards.

Hebden Bridge is currently top of the table in a bid to be named the town with the best high street.

Market Street was entered into the Great British High Street competition in the small market town category and stands to win a share of £100,000 if it is successful.

Its closest competitors currently are two Oxfordshire towns – Chipping Norton and Thame.

Market Street in Hebden Bridge will be on full alert today as a crack-team of expert judges find out what makes it so special and a contender to win the Great British High Street competition.

A judge from Holland & Barrett, the sponsor of the small market town category, has a 50 per cent say on who wins the title of the best ‘small market town’ high street in Britain.

The other 50 per cent is taken up by the public vote – already over 100,000 votes have been cast.

Geoff Matthews, Hebden Bridge Business Forum said:

“We’re delighted to have the judges come and see for themselves why we think Market Street, Hebden Bridge is the best high street in Britain.

“We’ve really tried to make Market Street not just good for shoppers, but a hub for the community and we hope that the things we’ve introduced – like the festive fandango and attracting more early evening traders, will impress the judges.

“The whole community has really got behind our retailers in the competition so far and I’d encourage everyone to give us a boost and keep voting for us online.”

The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.

Peter Aldis, Chief Executive Office of Holland & Barrett International said: “We are proud to be supporting this celebration of the greatest that the British high street has to offer.

“Looking at the finalists, it’s going to be a tough competition, but I’m excited to see examples of the innovation and community spirit that make our British high streets the institutions they are today.”

The polls close on November 18. To cast your vote click here